What It’s Really Like to Drive the 2017 Land Rover Discovery
We recently shared that the debut of the Land Rover at the Paris Motor Show had many car enthusiasts excited since this vehicle has been due for a complete redesign. Now some of the first driving reports are coming out, sharing What It’s Really Like to Drive the 2017 Land Rover Discovery!
According to Alisa Priddle of Motor Trend, driving the 2017 Land Rover is “Our day in the Discovery was mostly off-road with the exception of a short drive up the ramp at the top of the aircraft carrier, and although the Discovery is billed as Land Rover’s family vehicle, it was designed to be far more capable than your average people mover. Its full-time four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case offer both high- and low-range gears as well as a four-wheel-drive system with a single-speed transfer box. Torque is split 50-50 between the wheels. Changing the mode adjusts the throttle, steering response, and traction control. During our drive we discovered that changing modes automatically engages hill-descent control when in low range. The SUV’s independent suspension is control arms in the front with an integral rear link, providing a comfortable ride in the rough terrain. It is quite a comfortable vehicle inside, as well. A nice feature is the inner tailgate in back, which can support 660 pounds. It makes the perfect picnic perch.”
Mike Duff of Caranddriver wrote, “Our initial turn in the new Land Rover Discovery is happening on a vast private estate in Scotland, one nearly the same size as the city of Chicago, where we discover it’s possible to drive for three solid hours on a route consisting entirely of gravel and mud. As you would expect, the new Discovery is very good indeed on gravel and mud. Our provisional assessment is limited to the observation that the diesel engine is nearly as refined as the gasoline version at lower engine speeds and suffers from less throttle surge when crawling off-road, its greater torque at lower rpm making it better suited to ultra-low-speed progress. Even on this limited first acquaintance, it’s obvious that the new Discovery feels more like the Range Rover than it does the LR4.”